About us

A story about how Konek Productions started in 2011
Helen, Jordan, Curtis and James Konek

Who we are Konek is pronounced Koun kne, we grew up as a family oriented family under my grandfather Jame’s Konek. My family including my mom, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins all had to help hunt and gather, build furniture and tools, prepare and store meat for the winter, clean-up outside my grandfather’s place. That’s how the name Konek Productions came to an idea of a business name.

We are a video production company that offers video, audio, script writing, and communication services in the North. We promote Inuit knowledge and experience through our lens. Behind the lens are eyes that capture the good moments.

We have worked with universities, not-for-profits, organizations, governments and private business since 2011.  We have experience in documenting, promoting and sharing Inuit knowledge through our lens. 

What we value

In 2011 Arviat, Nunavut had limited jobs which made it difficult for us financially, so we needed to figure out how we can fill the empty cupboards and fridge with food. 

Fortunately, I was raised to work hard and find solutions to problems by my grandfather James Konek. And for that reason I felt the need to help put food on the table for my family.

The determination to find something led me to meet Neil Christopher of Inhabit Media who needed elder interviews. After a successful project with Inhabit Media we bought equipment and started accepting more customers to build Konek Productions. I felt it was successful because of the values my grandfather James taught us:

TEAMWORK Since childhood, everybody in my family got called to my grandparents to help them. My mom, my sisters, aunts and uncles, and all my cousins had to show-up and help my grandparents prepare meat for the winter, clean-up outside for the summer and more.

I learned that successful projects are easily accomplished by teamwork. It meant we got work done sooner and smarter. It meant we got to play out for the rest of the day, and for that reason we commit to working closely with our customers to deliver the best results.

RESPECT  the people around you. My grandpa regularly reminded us until he passed away that respecting people open’s doors. An example he often used is “You go out hunting in the wilderness, and you find yourself stuck. The only way to get out is get help from people & sometimes those people are strangers”.

TRANSPARENCY My grandpa really wanted us to understand people and watch how others live to be successful. It meant listening to people, watching how they get through their problems. It did not matter if it is people’s language, history, beliefs, knowledge and skills.

We are committed to learning new things and honouring transparency. We have come a long way in producing films for education, research and the public by being transparent with our work.

Commitment I have built many tools, sheds, qamutik and so much more with my grandfather. We started early in the morning until late at night. Weather didn’t stop us, we built everything inside the house if we needed to. Everything that we needed was ready to just grab and go because we knew that one day we will need it. 

Commitment to us means we need to understand how we start a project and how we finish it. 

17 year old Konek

The photo of my grandmother Helen Konek was taken by a famous photographer Richard Harrington, it has gone viral on social media multiple times since 2017.

The photo was taken in 1957 at my grandmother’s father Pipqanaaq’s igloo when she was 17 years old. She says she remembers when Harrington came to their place and took them around their igloo to pose for some pictures.

Growing up my grandmother came out 7:30am in the morning every single day to pray for her family, clean up outside, feed the birds and connect with nature. Helen loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. My grandmother did not stop working outside her place until she was 84. One of the most memorable things she used to tell us is “Don’t be quiet too often, being quiet too often creates anger inside you. Sing, talk, make noise with your voice.” Helen Konek.

My grandmother is now living in Ottawa at a senior facility at age 90. My grandfather passed away in 2017. We often visit her as often as possible, but travelling costs so much money because there is no roads to Nunavut, meaning we can only travel by airplanes.

One thought on “About us

  1. Dear Jordan I must compliment you for your grit and determination to do it despite the odds you faced in Ontario. I read about the place, the geographical features, the demographic composition, economy of the place, culture and above all the people of the place. What you have achieved is extraordinarily commendable. I wish you and Konek Productions greater success in times to come. I am an Indian and live in New Delhi. I found you on Twitter and have started following you!! TreeFriend!

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